ShoWest honor for Weintraub


Jerry Weintraub will be honored as producer of the year at ShoWest, the annual film industry convention set for March 12-15 at the Bally's and Paris hotels in Las Vegas.

Weintraub, whose career ranges from 1975's "Nashville" through the "Karate Kid" series in the '80s to the current "Ocean's Eleven" franchise, will be recognized March 15 at ShoWest's closing-night ceremony.

"Jerry Weintraub has proven himself to be one of the most innovative and prolific producers of all time," ShoWest co-managing director Mitch Neuhauser said. "From the groundbreaking 'Nashville' to the controversial 'Cruising' to the comedic 'Oh, God!' and 'Ocean's' series of films, Weintraub has exercised a masterful touch to everything he involves himself in and an instinct to discover exactly what audiences want to see."

Weintraub will be represented by two films in theaters in the summer.

On June 8, Warner Bros. Pictures will release "Ocean's Thirteen," the third film in the franchise. The Warners/Village Roadshow Pictures production reunites the original cast of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Carl Reiner and Elliott Gould with director Steven Soderbergh. Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin round out the ensemble in the new film.

On June 15, Warners will release Weintraub's "Nancy Drew," a family mystery adventure about the famous detective, from Warners and Virtual Studios. Based on characters created by Carolyn Keene, "Nancy Drew" follows Nancy (Emma Roberts) as she accompanies her father, Carson Drew (Tate Donovan), to Los Angeles on one of his business trips. While in Los Angeles, she stumbles across evidence from a long-unsolved crime involving the mysterious death of a beautiful movie star. The film is directed by Andrew Fleming.

Weintraub's career began in the music business in the 1950s and '60s, when he worked with such artists as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Led Zeppelin and the Beach Boys. He later moved on to Broadway and television before segueing into movie producing with "Nashville."

Weintraub's credits in his long film career include "Diner," "Happy New Year," "My Stepmother Is an Alien," "The Specialist," "Vegas Vacation" and "The Avengers."

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